Thursday, January 26, 2012

Vehicle crashes into Snake River near Swan Valley.

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Idaho State Police
District 6 1540 Foote Dr.
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402-1828
(208) 525-7377 FAX: (208) 525-7294

For Immediate Release: 01/26/2012 5:00pm

Contact: Tpr. Oswald or Cpl. M. Cox

On January 26th, 2012, at approximately 11:30 am, Idaho State Police investigated a one-vehicle injury crash on US26 at milepost 374, near Swan Valley.

Jarin W. Jorgensen, 18 of Idaho Falls, was traveling east on US26 at milepost 374, in a 1998 Dodge Stratus. Jorgensen was driving too fast for road conditions on snow covered roads when he lost control of his vehicle. He ran off the right shoulder of the road. The vehicle struck rocks along the bank of the Snake River, then went into the River, upright, half submerged in approximately 4-5 feet of water.

Jorgensen and his passenger, Richard Aitken, 50 of Menan, were able to exit the vehicle and swim to shore. Swan Valley Fire Department responded to the scene and rendered first aid. Jorgensen and Aitken were transported by ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.

Idaho State Police was assisted at the scene by Bonneville County Sheriff's Office who also provided divers from their dive team to help recover the vehicle from the river.

The crash is under investigation.